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    hi,

    If we take a cab we might get there..........to hear his speach.

    in time/on time,

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    in time

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    Are you sure? As I found in a Grammar book ''on time''. I'm perplexed about this.

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    I think the correct answer is On time

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    Default Re: in time/on time

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad-ox View Post
    Are you sure? As I found in a Grammar book ''on time''. I'm perplexed about this.
    Yes: in time for an appointment; on time for a scheduled event.

    We wanted to get there in time for the meeting

    We wanted to get to the airport on time; our flight left at 13.30


    Of course, there's a degree of overlap - you may have an implied appointment to catch a particular flight:

    We wanted to get to the airport in time for our flight

    That last example points up a helpful usage point: 'in time' is often followed by for + noun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad-ox View Post
    hi,
    If we take a cab we might get there..........to hear his speech.
    in time/on time,
    m
    In my book, the only possible correct answer for your sentence is in time.
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    Saying 'on time' in your sentence would cause massive pain and possibly even permanent damage to my eardrums.
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    'On time' means 'punctual' -- at a scheduled or planned time. You can also be 'on time' for an appointment.
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    'In time' means 'not too late' or 'early enough in order to do something or not miss something':
    We arrived in time for dessert. (i.e. We missed dinner, but we weren't too late for dessert.)
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    Last edited by Philly; 01-Dec-2006 at 20:00.

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    Default Re: in time/on time

    My dictionary says:

    on time=exactly at a stated time

    in time= ahead of a stated time


    But I still can not decide which one is correct for the sentence above.

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    in time
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    I've done two BNC searches:
    "In time to" gets 559 results
    "On time to" gets only 7 results.
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    I'd say that's pretty convincing.

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    If we take a taxi, we might/will arrive there in time to hear his speech. If we walk, we will be too late.


    We need to take a cab to be on time for his speech.



    I feel there is a difference in causality between the two.

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    Default Re: in time/on time

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    We wanted to get to the airport in time for our flight

    That last example points up a helpful usage point: 'in time' is often followed by for + noun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    If we take a taxi, we might/will arrive there in time to hear his speech. If we walk, we will be too late.


    We need to take a cab to be on time for his speech.



    I feel there is a difference in causality between the two.
    Do you mean your example highlighted in green is incorrect?

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